Word Worker press release:

Business networking group Rekindle attracted yet more businesses when it trialled a new format.

The group, which meets monthly at the Stratton House Hotel in Cirencester, used its April event to showcase some of its members’ businesses.

Instead of just one presentation, eight company owners got the chance to speak. There was also an exhibition area, where firms ran stands, showcasing their products and services.

Virginia Stourton, who founded Rekindle, which regularly attracts more than 50 delegates to its meetings, said the new format had been a great success.

“I wanted to try this format, with the extra speakers and exhibition area, so we could give more businesses a chance to show what they can do,” she said. “We won’t use this format every month, but it worked very well.

“I am passionate about success, and helping business people profit from the experience of others. I started my business in 1970, when we didn’t have mentors or coaches, and I just had to get on with it.”

Speakers at the meeting were independent financial adviser Sharon Marson; Michael Trigg, of the Presentation Maestro; photographer Lis McDermott; Annabel Czyba, of House of Colour; Jeremy Townsend, of Picture of Health; Angela Tomkins, of Red Squirrel; and HR specialist Anna Gage.

Exhibitors included Graham Dawson, of Lead Change; personal trainer Ben Jackson; Sally-Anne Jones of McCormick Weeks; and Ellen Roome of Finance Roome.

Rekindle meets every month at the Stratton House Hotel for lunch and networking, from 11.30am to 2pm. The next meeting is on May 27. It is free for members, £10 for non-members, and all are welcome. To book, visit www.rekindlethespirit.co.uk/events.

Rekindle aims to help connect mature professional businessmen and women with owners of small businesses in a friendly, business atmosphere, and has some 50 to 60 attendees at each meeting.